Best Firearms I have shot


March 28, 2004, 08:50 PM
I've owned about 150 firearms over the years, and I'm constantly buying and selling them. Of all those I have and those I wish I still did, here are my personal top ten+1

--CZ 452 Lux. Tack-driver accurate, very well balanced, affordable. The CZ's are built like a scaled-down centerfire Mauser. Unlike nearly all American .22's, there is nothing "toyish" about them, nor are any corners cut. Like the Winchester 94-22 with a scope mount cut made so sharp it sliced my hand open like a razor blade.

--Sig Sauer P225. One of the best-balanced and easy shooting 9x19's I've ever used. It's just a shame Sig won't import them into the US anymore.

--Mossberg 500. My personal mossy has been through life as a squad car backup shotgun, a contractor's bear gun, and finally as my own backup/general purpose gun. If I had to survive with just one firearm, this would be it. It's rusty and beat up and has taken enormous abuse. But it's never failed to cycle, never jammed and always goes "bang." The tang safety is an added bonus.

--SAR-1 AK-47 clone. My own piece of the AK universe, it's taken nearly as much abuse as the Mossy and still shoots every time. Not a tack driver, but impressive none the less. And a viable hunting rifle when loaded with the new 154 grainers.

--Mosin-Nagant 91/30. No it's not as accurate as a Finn, but it's one of the best balanced military firearms ever, and it handles like a carbine in spite of its great length. Plus, it's so wonderfully weird looking.

--Yugoslavian M-48 Mauser. My first C&R rifle, the M-48 has a special place in my heart and is the origin of my screen name. On hot days cosmoline still comes out of my hands from all the scrubbing I did. Not the best balanced Mauser or even the best looking, but an absolute workhorse and well-neigh impossible to destroy.

--Colt Police Positive Special. One of the forgotten gems of American handguns, a PPS used to sit on the hips of countless lawmen across the nation. Now it's unfairly written off as an inferior, outdated design. Mine would shoot quarter-size groups in DA mode at 25 yards, and was probably the nicest DA shooter I've ever used. The pull is odd by modern standards, but once you get the hang of it you see why so many loved the old PPS's back in the day.

--Uberti SAA knockoff. I could never afford the real thing, and if I could I wouldn't want to shoot it. So I was "stuck" with an Italian copy of the old Peacemaker. Just the same it remains one of my all-time favorite handguns. Perfectly balanced, wonderful to shoot, and beautiful to boot.

--FN-49. This one makes me weep, for I sold it in a pinch and I've never seen one so pristine since. The SAFN would shoot moderate 8x57JS at near-MOA, though I did not know at the time just how excellent such performance is from a semi.

--Marlin 336. I owned my Marlin .30/30 back when I was into hard-hitting magnums. So it never really got a fair hearing. But in hindsight I've come to appreciate more and more its excellent balance and the utility of the old thuddy thuddy.

--Savage 99. This is a recent purchase, so to some extent the jury is still out. I picked up a 99E in .308 and early results have been so impressive I'm including it on my list.

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March 28, 2004, 09:33 PM
Easy M-1 Garand,SA WWII GI Mil-Spec

Vern Humphrey
March 28, 2004, 10:40 PM
Colt Model 357 -- carried one my first tour in Vietnam as an adviser, served two customers, and neither one asked for his money back.

Colt Officers Model Target -- not the auto, but the pre-war revolver in .22 long rifle.

Colt 2nd Generation SAA in .357. My wife gave it to me on our first Christmas together (our second Christmas -- the first was my first tour in Viet Nam.)

M1 Garand -- trained on it as a private, carried one as an adviser (after my issue M2 carbine got wrapped around a tree) and have one in my rack today.

Kimber Custom Classic -- my carry gun, the ultimate expression of the M1911.

Argentine M1927 -- my former carry gun. Today it wears a Colt Service Ace conversion kit.

Kimber M82 in .22 long rifle -- my squirrel gun. I've probably put 100,000 rounds through this gun.

Bigfoot Wallace, my custom '03 Springfield in .35 Brown-Whelen, made by CW Fitch, a man who knew how to make a rifle.

Fionn MacCumhail -- my pre-64 Model 70 Winchester in .30-06.

Ruger 77/22 All Weather in .22 Magnum -- a great turkey and late season squirrel gun.

Kimber M 82, in .22 Hornet -- took me a long time to learn how to load super-accurate ammo for this rifle, but it's killed a lot of crows, coyotes, and similar varmits since then.

March 29, 2004, 12:28 AM
That's quite a collection!

There are no doubt generational differences involved in the contrasting selections. By the time I was able to start buying firearms, the US surplus stuff was extremely expensive and/or difficult to find in good condition. So my focus has been on the former Soviet Empire weapons and similar off-beat surplus items that can be had for under $400.

Ala Dan
March 29, 2004, 12:56 AM
My "TOP TEN" excluding my much beloved SIG-SAUER
Classic P-series production pistols:

1. Smith & Wesson model 18 - 4" barrel "Combat Masterpiece"
2. Smith & Wesson model 57 - 4" barrel .41 magnum
3. Smith & Wesson model 39-2 9m/m Parabellum
4. Browning Hi-Power "Practical model" 9m/m Parabellum
5. Colt Agent old model w/o shroud .38 Special
6. Smith & Wesson model 27-2 6" barrel .357 magnum
7. Smith & Wesson model 60 - 2" barrel .38 Special
8. Smith & Wesson model 686-5 6" barrel .357 magnum
9. Smith & Wesson model 629-5 5" barrel .44 magnum
10. Gold Gold Cup National Match Series 70 .45 ACP

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

4v50 Gary
March 29, 2004, 01:37 AM
City owned S&W M67 revolver. Slick DA trigger and shot like a champ. I wish I could have bought it.

MP5 in 40 S&W. One of the slickest SMGs to shoot. Free drop mags made for quick reloading too. Had a bolt hold open unlike the 9mm MP5.

Springfield Armory Sporterized 03 rifle. Big cousin to my M2 Springfield in 22 LR. The 03 was owned by our Rangemaster who later sold it to a long time shooting buddy.

March 29, 2004, 01:55 AM
Model 18
Model 10 ( various configurations)
Model 19 "
Model 64 ( 3" RB HB)
Model 36
Model 042
Colt Combat commander
Colt Series 70
Colt series 80
Singer made 1911
Springfield 1911
Caspian 1911
Kimber Series I
Ruger Security Six
Model 12 Winchester
Winchester model 42
Winchester 101
Winchester model 23
Winchester SX1
Winchester SX2
Rem 870
Rem 1100
Ithaca model 37
Rem 3200
Wesley-Richards 28 ga
Model 70 - '06
Model 94 30-30

Black Majik
March 29, 2004, 05:46 AM
M16 @ 14. :)

I still have the recording of that day. :)

March 29, 2004, 06:36 AM
Colt SP1 AR 15
S&W 29
Walther PPK
Commando Arms Thompson clone

cracked butt
March 29, 2004, 06:59 AM
My favorites:
#1 M1 garand- not the most accurate rifle I own, but the most fun to shoot, and very well made.
#2 1899 oberndorf M96- one of the most accurate rifles I own- and by far the prettiest.
#3 Czech 98/29 -well made, very accurate
#4 03A3 springfield- very accurate, very ugly but still will never be sold.
#5 870 wingmaster- my dad has this one- if he ever sells it (I know he won't) I've got first dibs on it:D
#6 Remington 541- same scenario as 870 wingmaster.
#7 Springfield 1911- I've only shot it once, but it feels and shoots better than any other pistol I've ever shot.

March 29, 2004, 07:27 AM
Excluding the military stuff I shot, the ones I can think of right now as first class experiences include,

Colt Gold Cup National Match
Colt Delta Gold Cup
Winchester Model 70 375 H&H
Colt AR15 SP1
S&W Model 29 44 Magnum
S&W K22 22 LR
S&W Centennial 38 Special
Browning Superposed 12 Gauge
P08 Luger 9mm
S&W Model 52 38 Master

There are of course many others....

March 29, 2004, 07:49 AM
Browning BAR in .338 Win Mag.

I never owned one of these, but I did get to shoot a friend's BAR some years back and thought it was very pleasant to shoot, despite all that power, and accurate to boot. Since I'm not really a hunter and don't need anything so potent as a mere "shooter," I never could bring myself to making a purchase.

March 29, 2004, 09:36 AM
Ma Duece!:evil:
M16A1 & 2
M1911 & A1:D
S&W Victory & M10
Thank You Uncle Sugar!:evil: :D
M1A1 Thompson at 11years old!
M1 Garand pow-pow-pow-pow-pow-pow-pow-pow-PING!:D
M38 Mosin Nagant
1943 Waffenampt FN Hi-Power
Kel-Tec Sub 2000 9mm
Remington 870 12 ga. Speedfeed Tactical

March 29, 2004, 10:00 AM
Garand I just love them

M1 Carbine, I love them too

AR-15 or M16 or M4, I just have fond memories of them and still like to shoot them.

.50 cal Flintlock, Made after a Jacob Dickert style. First ML I made from parts, not a Kit. Did it all myself. Not the prettiest I have made but the first.

Springfield 1911A1. Bought my first on the day I turned 21. Have always liked 1911's since I saw Bill Maxwell with one on "the Greatest American Hero" in 1980.

There are many others that I like or even just like to own even if I don't get to shoot them a lot.

Eskimo Jim
March 29, 2004, 11:10 AM
Ruger Mk II Govt Target Bull Barrel
S&W model 17-2 22lr
S&W model 66-5 357mag/38 special
S&W model 686 no dash
Lee Enfield No 4 303 british, lots of nostalgia and fun to shoot with milsurp ammo.

Thompson full auto SMG made 45acp disappear quickly That is probably the most fun gun that I have ever shot. I'd love to own one but it would be way too expensive between the gun itself and the ammunition that I'd burn through. I'd probably go through 1000 rounds per session until I got tired of it or ran out of dough.

M3 Grease Gun, just as fun as the Thompson but lighter

Browning BAR full auto. I found it kind of tough to shoot but then again, there was no way that I was going to get proficient with no instruction and one 20 round magazine

AK-47 clone, semi auto, not very easy to shoot, I'd like a couple boxes of ammuntion and some serious time with it.

AR-15, mild kick, not unpleasant, just an expensive gun to shoot a cheap round.

Ruger 77 Mk II and 77/22 fun to shoot, accurate enough for me.

The Thompson, Grease Gun and BAR were definitely fun to shoot and the nostalgia factor was very, very high. The Thompson was so nice that it is tempting to buy a semi-auto one.


March 29, 2004, 02:48 PM
Ala Dan's # 10 would be my number one. I have never found another handgun that I can shoot with the accuracy of that gun. Funny, I could not believe how much I paid for it, and now can't believe how little I paid for it.

March 29, 2004, 04:22 PM
Of my limited experiences:

Ruger MkII bull barrel Gov't target-- decent trigger, very accurate, very nicely balanced, nice feel. Extremely reliable. .22Lr

S&W 586-- excellent balance, very nice stock trigger, very accurate. An all-around perfect revolver chambered for the perfect revolver round. .357 mag

SAR-48-- A very accurate and supremely reliable "assault" rifle. Wish I hadn't sold it. 7.62x51

Ruger No. 1-- my brother's gun. A tack driver from a long, long way's away. .22-250

Remington 1100-- I love the handling of these autoloading shotguns. Extremely reliable with high brass loads. 12 gauge

Honorable mentions:

Ruger 10/22 and HK USP .45-- not as refined as the above guns but are just plain fun to shoot. They excel at what they are designed to do more than the other models in their respective classes.

March 30, 2004, 03:48 PM
Ones I owned:
1- Colt Government Model match tuned by Ikey Starks with 'the works' from the late 70's IPSC mods.
2- HK91A2...long and heavy, but VERY accurate and reliable.
3- Beretta M70s .22 auto...dandy 'kit gun'
4- Colt LW Officer's model, lightly modified...this one has been around ALOT of blocks, all over the country.
5- Saiga AK
6- High Standard 'Survivor Pack' .22 auto......a .22 scapel
7- Ruger 10/22....with choate folding stock
8- Various Jay frame S&W .38's(not fun, but very handy!)
9- ParaOrd LDA Companion...awesome trigger, very accurate
10- Colt Concealed Carry Officer's...a new acquisition, but feels 'just right'!

Ones I have 'experienced'
1- Valmet M76 .308 w/ wood stock......WOW!
2- Kahr PM9, pocket rocket, very accurate
3- HK UMP .45 acp SMG...rented, twice...ohh, I WANT ONE!!
4- Les Bauer Government .45....drool, drool
5- Ma Duece .50 cal HMG
6- Broomhandle Mauser .30...very cool!
7- tricked out Bushmaster 16inch AR
8- M3A1 'Greasegun' with Suppressor...Do Not Disturb Thy Neibor!!
9- M203 40 m/m grenade launcher...nothing quite like HE!!!!
10- Light Antitank Weapon.....66m/m of HEAT...big BOOM!

Honorable Mentions(some owned, some experiences):
1- Sig series Pistols; P220, P226, P225, P228, P245
2- CZ-75
3- HK P-7 M-8
4- HK MP5(and semiauto 94)
5- M1 Garand
6- M60 LMG
7- Colt 1860 Old Army .44 cap n' ball
8- Various Remington 870 12 gauge trombones
9- Claymore landmine!
10-60 pound Crater Charge...Ka BOOM!!!


March 31, 2004, 08:13 AM
26 Ton, Self propelled, Howitzer. 8" bore
now THAT was a blast. :D

But the 155 MM was fun too :)

March 31, 2004, 09:14 AM

Ditto on the SIG, Colt and Savage. The Savage line in general is a strong and worthy upcomer. Can't say much about the rest as I haven't tried those yet, but you've certainly turned my attention on them. Awesome collection!

Ala Dan,

That's one baaaaad S&W group ("baaaaad", of course, meaning whoppingly GOOD!). What does you SIG-SAUER classic P-series look like?

March 31, 2004, 03:07 PM
Now those are truely GUNS!!!:evil:
Though a bit conspicuous when being towed with our pick up truck!!

April 7, 2004, 06:06 PM
Pistol: SIG P220 single stack .45. One of the "why did I trade that" pieces.

Revo: S&W Model 64 stainless M&P. A piece of lawman history that would still be a good sidearm today. Made when S&W took pride in their slick DA triggers...ummmm...

Shotgun: Mossberg 500. Can't beat the ambi safety, the slide release position, and the dual extractors.

Rifle: Yugo SKS. Wonderful out-of-the-box trigger, a sweet 2-stage with a predictable break. Nice stock, milled steel parts...if it were made today I think it would cost more than 129.99!

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